Salmon Fishing Luck
By Jock Monteith 16th January 2022
In salmon fishing regardless of how technically gifted you are with a fly rod or how good a beat you're fishing there's always an element of luck involved in catching a salmon. Opportunities to hook and land salmon are like moving targets that appear and disappear throughout the course of most fishing days and even if they don't always seem apparent they always do exist.
What Makes A Salmon Take
A subtle barely noticeable temperature lift around mid morning during the cold early Spring months, a shift northwards in barometric pressure, an alert running fish that's briefly paused in the pool or the smell of fresh water in a salmon's nostrils following significant rainfall in the headwaters are a few of the more obvious factors that can put a fish in the right frame of mind to take a fly. My advice on this based on decades of 'observant' riverbank experience is to never allow your head or enthusiasm levels to go down as salmon are indeed also true masters of surprise!
Perfect Salmon Fly Presentation
Obviously if you're able to read a salmon pool effectively and work out where the best taking areas will be based on the prevailing water conditions that's going to help matters. Fishing your salmon fly down through the pool in a measured and methodical manner is also going to help you to get lucky! Knowing how to set the hook effectively will also allow you to capitalise on a 'take' rather than squander it like many salmon fly fishers still do every season.
The Right Place At The Right Time
At the end of the day in salmon fishing there's a lot to be said for simply being in the 'right place at the right time' even though having a good understanding of the relative fishing skills are also important to get you into that exact moment in the fishing day! I was watching a salmon fisher's youtube video recently just knowing the fish he was playing was going to come off and sure enough it did so grasping the basics of how to properly play a fish is a vital skill too. Understand the important components of the game you're playing and make sure you can not only get to the point where you know exactly how to set the hook effectively but you can also play a salmon correctly.
Learn To Fish For Salmon
In addition to that sometimes required little bit of luck there's no real point in investing in the correct salmon fishing equipment levels and buying often expensive fishing access to quality salmon beats without fully understanding the basic salmon fishing skills that are needed. Competence in this fine pursuit is gained from often subtle riverbank observations gained over time which plays a big part of the overall salmon fishing fascination for many. Learning these basic yet very important salmon fishing skills should be a top priority for any salmon fisher to bring them to the point where they finally find themselves in front of a taking salmon and know exactly how to 'make it count' with clinical precision!